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>> a series, powerful rebel leader, along with many of his commanders, killed in a huge blast. hello from doha, this is the world news from al jazeera. liberia's defence minister sis ebola is spreading like wildfire. some are not reporting cases. president barack obama unveiling a plan to defeat the islamic state in iraq. will he target them in syria?
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and a huge operation to help hundreds affected by blood waters in india. the entire leadership of one of syria's biggest rebel group has been killed. they've been fighting the islamic state group when an explosion hit their gathering. dozens were killed, including the leader, hassan abood. he was an english teacher, gaoled before the war. let's check in with rula. let's deal with the man and the significance of him and the group. how big was he? >> yes, he was very big. we know now that the new leader has been appointed. he's an engineer .
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the group is trying to move on. ahrar al-sham has thousands of fighters. they were called the i.s. and it has 83 units, including damascus and aleppo. ahrarial-sham does not seek to take the war behind syria. the group is considered one of the strongest groups on the ground, and in attack, this explosion, if it is, indeed, an attack because we are not sure on the cause, will have many ramifications on the ground, not only on the group, but the different groups on the ground, trying to fight the i.s. and the syrian regime at the same time.
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>> is there any detail about the explosion. what we know is the group was meeting. we don't know if they were targeted, but it looks targeted. >> well, ahrar al-sham is not clear on the explosion. they were meeting in a bunker room, in one of the buildings in the north western province of idlib in the countryside. it was supposed to be a secure meeting room. it has no ventilations, no windows, and what we know is that explosion caused black smoke, and we know that there's a weapons factory in the same building or adjacent to it. if this is a targeted killing or an accident, that is something that the group has to disguise. no one has been able to make a clear statement on that. we know 28 significant military leaders have been killed in the
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attack. in addition, dozens of others of fighters. what we know is the islamic front is one the groups fighting the islamic state in syria, and many of the backers for the syrian opposition hoped that this group would emerge as a strong fighting force against the islamic state. >> good to get the detail from you. rula live in beirut for us. to other news and there has been chilling words from the liberian defence minister who said ebola is taking everything in its path. liberia is the hardest hit, more than 1200 have died there. the death toll rising in neighbouring guinea, over 500 there, and severe in sierra leone. senegal has not recorded deaths,
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but three patients have been monitored. more on this with gerald tan. >> reporter: there's no escaping the ebola warnings across africa. people travelling in sierra leone are subject to medical checks. over the border in guinea security and san itary barriers are set up around calls, with a precedent issues an urgent call. >> this is a war. there won't be a civil war in guinea, i can guarantee you that. there is a war against ebola, everyone must participate in the battle. liberia has been hardest hit, it accounts for half of all cases and fatalities. >> the ebola virus caused the disruption of the normal functioning of our state. the disease was identified in
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the remote villages, and has reached urban centers, including the capital of nairobi. it's spreading like a wildfire, devouring everything in its path. >> reporter: the who warns that liberia may face new ib for examples in the -- infections in the next three weeks. they have appealed the community to release travel bands and open borders to allow the movement of supplies. >> we regret some of our african brothers and sisters took actions like this, disproportionate to the magnitude of the problems. some of which border on citying mittisation. this is the worst outbreak of ebola in the history. the disease is associated with poverty. the companies are among the pourest. access to clean water is challenging.
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liberia's needers say they need help against something that threatens their existence. >> iraq's new prime minister haider al-abadi says he'll give more support to the army in the fight against the islamic state group. he faces a challenge of restoring security to a large part of the country. he has promised to give powers to regional leaders. the inclusive government was approved by parliament on monday. u.s. president obama told congress he has the authority to take action against i.s., meeting leaders in washington to confront plans. we have more from washington. >> it's a setting and time meant to convoy urgency to the nation. a prime-time speech from the white house tells americans to pay attention. what the president is about to say matters. we know his basic message when
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it comes to his plans for the islamic state group. >> the next phase is offense. >> the president has pretty much already laid out what that means and doesn't. he says there'll not be u.s. boots on the ground. analysts point out that is not always a clear-cut promise, it doesn't count out special forces. >> if the president wanted to find flexibility in its language, they have the option of sending forces that could be mentors, special forces and do some other matters. eventually they will move to syria as well. the u.s. will try to get sunni tribes to side with the iraqi government and not the islamic state group, and he is expected to promise more help for the modern opposition in syria.
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something he promised before with limited results. he has the support of the american people. according to a poll, 91% of those asked believe the islamic state group is a thread to the united states, and 53% believe the president has been too cautious. the president is expected to warn the fight could take a while, and experts think it will work, but only for a time. >> it will resonate for listeners at the moment, but listeners forget when situations change and move on. that's not going to be something that will be sustained over time. the public will get tired of an ongoing military. this is the president's chance to convince americans this is a fight the americans need to win, a fight no one can say when it might end or at what cost.
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we'll go to baghdad and bring jane arraf into the discussion, to backtrack a bit. first and foremost it should be what iraq should do. >> well, what president obama is going to do, and what prime minister haider al-abadi will do. john kerry is on a visit and will touch down, he will be the first, and it is a u.s. priority to get the government in place, and so it can start a campaign against the islamic state group. on the part of iraq, prime minister haider al-abadi wants u.s. support and military help, not the boots on the ground as everyone points out, but air strikes and other things. he has a tough task ahead of him. he has to fill in the blanks in
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the cabinet. there's no interior minister, defence minister and several other cabinets. so secretary of state john kerry is expected to finish that cabinet when he comes, and its importance. >> he talks about giving more support to the army, and powers to regional leaders, will these have an affect, do you think? >> there are some things that will have an effect. the things that will have an effect are the hardest to do. they are not just supporting the army, they are incorporating a vast pool of disaeffected iraqis particularly in sunni regions. it did not spring up with the islamic state group takeover, it's been brewing for a year with fighting in fallujah and ramadi, and tribal members and fighters pushing out the iraqi army. it's a concentrated effort to offer something to the sunni
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community, to the tribes, so they'll join the fighting on a wider basis. those efforts are under way. they are complicated. >> jane arraf in baghdad - thank you for that. we'll talk about this after the break as well. more on the international implications of the islamic state. u.s. politicians question the use of military grade weapons in america's police forces. that story in a moment. plus... >> i'm katherine sawyear in nairobi, where some kenyans are turning electronic waste to profit. i'll tell you how.
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top story for you once again - dozens of poem from the syrian rebel group has been killed in an explosion in italy. its leader is among the dead, and it's unclear who or what caused the blast. liberia's foreign minister called for the border crossing to be open so supplies to fight ebola can make it in. death toll is at 2,300. >> u.s. president obama told congress he has action to take against the islamic state. i'll bring in the director from the policy platform and middle east security analyst to talk about this. where does barack obama take this. he has to deal with the islamic state, needs to help iraq.
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you have islamic state in syria, can you deal with them at the same time? >> well, i think you may well see a faced operation announced tonight. i think president obama has outlined in the preinterviews the idea that this could take three years, and it would seem that the safest bet is in iraq itself, where you have a semifunctioning government on monday, the kurds making gains, and the motion of reboosting the iraqi military against is there. where it becomes harder is to what is the syrian policy, we have seen american drones turn up, will obama's policy seek to rebuild and fortify the site, the 376 border, and perhaps look to support the rebel groups that are anti-i.s. inside syria, which has been a long-standing issue that these guys are not reliable, and there's so many of
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them, and we see the report, how vulnerable they are. the latest u.s. president to announce an intervention in the middle east, and we'll have to wait and see what he says. >> he needs more than iraq, he needs regional support. had idea of regional support, leading from behind, the libya style. >> exactly, he's a multilateralist, and there's talk about how to shut down the rat runs of foreign fighters and the money flowing in and around the area, allowing i.s. to be effective and empowered. so i think this has to be a regional effort, wholistic and joined up, whether it's turkey, the gulf, syria, iraq. i think that's why you have the secretary of state, and secretary of defense and homeland security flying out. it's because it is a false spectrum diplomatic and military
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attempt by president obama, while the stars are aligned. polling is on his side, and the u.s. public is supporting air strikes, so something significant looks like it will happen. >> i think there's a conference in saudi arabia, but kerry is going to jordan. it's unusual he's broadening out that far. he seems to be casting the net wide. >> exactly. again, that's smart. whether it will be effective or not is difficult to tell. the main problem, you said in the previous report, the effectivity of the iraqi government. is it the case that he's moving deck stairs, there's no military or defense minister. there's three ex-prime ministers, there's a lot of reasons why it won't work. the kurds have given three
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months for it to deliver. that's a challenge that iraq's faced and hasn't managed to deliver. why should it do it in three months. it's a high-risk strategy. that announcement coming tonight. thank you for that. >> to india, where there's no let up in the rain, causing chaos in indian administered kashmir. >> 400,000 are trapped by floodwaters. rescue operations are under way. >> reporter: it's now a full-scale rescue operation. with a break in the weather, thousands of military personal have been employed around the indian kashmir, helping the 400,000 who are stranded. most have been waiting for help since the rains on saturday. >> we live on the other side. i came back from a trip and saw
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the ridge washed out. my advice - i have nowhere to go. we have been waiting here since saturday for help. he is one of many waiting for days. >> this bridge was washed out on saturday, heading off 150,000 people in dozens of villages. people have been coming to the edge, saying they have no electricity. the army has arrived. instead of residuing buy boat, they are building a bridge hoping to get more people out. rains and land lids hit roads and bridges cutting people off. with a number of villages affected, this is the only kind of hep some can expect for now. for many rescued, the situation is not much better.
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many small relief centres like this have been set up in the region. these families lost their homes and possessions when the water lost away mud and thatched houses. these people don't know who will happen to them, and are too scared to return. >> we lost everything, the water is chest high, giving us food. what about the children's schooling, what will we do afterwards. i'm not sure going back. >> reporter: government reofficials say the focus at the moment is helping people trapped by floodwaters. building up life lines, before making plans to rebuild. and then there's neighbouring pakistan, where weather forecasters say more flooding is expected. more than 200 died, and thousands stranded. pakistan's prime minister and army chief visited the worst-hit
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areas they promised for help. rain was blamed for building collapse. the roof of the mosque david in, burying worshippers. neighbours and rescue crews rushed to help. >> three al jazeera journalists have been detained tore 266 days, accused of helping the muslim brotherhood. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed received long sentences after a trial seen by many as politically motivated. they are appealing their convictions and al jazeera demands their immediate release. the u.s. is reviewing a programme that gives billions of dollars worth of military-style weapons to police departments. it comes after protests in bill ferguson, after an unarmed
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teenager was killed by police. >> the three officials that run the programme supplied billions of weaponry to police departments, were forced to admit once it was supplied there was little oversight of its usage. the three, from the department of homeland security, pentagon, and department of justice never met each other before the hearing. the question was raised as to whose idea it had been to suggest that police forces was a good idea. whose idea was it that an armoured vehicle should be supplied to a tiny community. answers were not forthcoming. >> i think, you know, speaking to the department of defense's stand point, it's hard for us. it's not what we do. whether it's an appropriate use. i can look at pictures of ferguson like everyone else in
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the room. >> it's part of the dialogue, and the discussion of what we were going to do and how to assess the use of equipment. >> reporter: no one was able to say when a review would be complete. on capitol hill, there's more calling for safeguards over the equipment, and the use of body cameras, to monitor police activity when using the equipment. this being capitol hill, millions are spent by local police unions and weapons manufacturers to keep the process in place and military equipment on the streets. >> we look at used electronics, a fasters growing source of weight. they are dangerous, packed with toxic chemicals. in kenya, some residents found a way to turn e-waste into lucrative business ventures.
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>> reporter: at the only electronic waste-recycling plant in the africa, they break apart computers, dismantle and compress, and shift of the waste, some of which is dangerous. used electronics are one of the fastest growing sources of waste. it's what is generated locally, and what comes from the west in the form of second hand electronic goods. that is where the problem lies, the country generates more e-waste than it can dispose of. >> a lot of waste is generated. because there was no leakal frameworks, it ends up to leave us. when it goes to leave us. it will produce the environment. it goes like this. u.s. is dangerous. >> kenya produces about 17,000 tonnes of e-waste every year, only a fraction gets to
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the recycling land. the rest ends up in dump sites, scattered across the country. here in one of the garbage sites, collectors, trained by the recycling company, on how to handle the electronic waste tries to find what they can. they tell me that she's lucky to find the computer mother board. it sells at about $5. she managed to find small electronic pads. this is a good day for her. >> in another neighbour hood, alex and his friend found on unlikely way of using the waste. by making ornaments with different computer plants, the group contains and sells different materials. >> we decided that is how we will deal with it. residents are embracing a
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different quote. >> there's no shortage by e-waste. by 20 # 17 itself statement millions of tonnes will be produced, most ended up in africa. the idea is to monitor the waste and make money whilst doing so. >> canadian explorers solved one of the great maritime mysteries of the arctic. back in 1845 two ships disappeared whilst searching for the north-west passage. now, they found one of them. daniel lack has the story. as prime minister and self avowed history buff, it was a big day for stephen harper. he unveils a sonar image of a ship on the bottom of ocean, one of two that disappeared, searching for the north-west passage. >> for more than a century, that
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has been a great canadian story and mystery. it's been the subject of scientists, historians, writers and singers. i think we have a really important day in mapping together the history of our country. >> sir jon franklin lead several expeditions. during the last, his ships were trapped in pack ice. he and his men tried to walk to safety, and died along the way. there was talk of cannes abbalism. the wreckage looks well preserved in the water, intact under a layer of weed. searchers gave credit to the state of the art technology. underwater arkiologist had a clue of where to search. canada's conservative government
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has been funding expeditions to search for ships since 2008. the authorities say the searches helped enforce canada's claim to the icy northern waters. >> the way that it was looked for and the technologies utilised can be utilised elsewhere, and, in fact, as we speak we have two icebreakers using similar technologies that are doing precisely that. mapping out the continental shelf. >> the site of the wreck is being kept vague to discourage treasure hunters and tourists. there are more hunters, more mysteries to solve. canada's explorers head north next summer. . >> finally have a look at this, the third and final super moon illuminating the skies. this is what it looked like in jerusalem. it happens when the full moon is at its closest to earth, meaning
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